“The play Romeo and Juliet shows the consequences of selfish and impetuous adolescent love rather than the workings of fate. ” I have chosen to agree mostly with this statement for many reasons, which I will expand on in this essay. There are many comments throughout the play to suggest death was inevitable such as when Romeo had a premunition before going to the masquerade party. “I fear, too early; for my mind misgives some consequence, yet hanging in the stars, shall bitterly begin his fearful date with this night’s revels and expire the term of a despised life, closed in my breast, by some vile forfeit of untimely death. (Quote from Romeo pg50 line 107) But I believe Romeo and Juliet had choices to make once they realised their families were enemies. They were idealistic to think they could change their families attitudes in a short time. If they had taken time to think things through and act carefully, things could have turned out differently. I believe as teenagers, Romeo and Juliet didn’t really know what they were getting themselves into, and they didn’t think to consider the consequences of their choices after falling in love.
Another reason is that I believe sometimes love just makes people behave in really strange ways, in ways that they wouldn’t normally behave and I think this affected Romeo and Juliet’s choices. They did things they normally wouldn’t. And fate, I believe that in this story fate may be what brought the two ‘star-crossed lovers’ together but their decisions proved fate in the end didn’t have much of a part in this story. Fate meaning ‘an inevitable and irresistible power supposedly controlling human destiny’.
Romeo and Juliet instantly fell in love and that I believe was the end of the role of fate. Then they turned their backs against their families. Which would have been unusual in those days because family meant everything to a person. Alienating their families were one of many risks they took during the play. The hate between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s was so strong, they could barely look at each other without a fight taking place. Romeo and Juliet knew this very well and knew what they were doing. Quote by Romeo pg 61) “I know not how to tell thee who I am. My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself, because it is an enemy to thee. ” (Quote by Juliet pg 62) My ears have not drunk a hundred words of thy tongues uttering, yet I know the sound. Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague? ” Romeo and Juliet fell in love at first sight at a masquerade ball. At the time they didn’t even know that their families absolutely hated each other. As selfish and impetuous teenagers, when they found out they still didn’t let it stop them.
They didn’t stop to think how much it would affect their families by continuing the relationship. In those days too, family meant a lot to a person. They were selfish by not thinking about the consequences, thinking they could just run off and get married hoping to bring the families to peace with each other and trying to make them forget all their bad history. Love does make some people behave strangely. It made Romeo and Juliet do things that they normally wouldn’t. For Juliet especially to push her family away and turn against them the way she did was very unusual.
Her father wanted her to get married to Paris, who he thought was absolutely perfect for her, such a fine young gentleman. But because of Romeo and Juliet’s secret marriage she refused! Her father was furious. The men in those days were always the ones that laid out the rules, and what the men said happened. Lady Capulet was calm about Juliet saying she didn’t want to marry Paris but Lord Capulet absolutely lost it, he said he’d be better off if she was dead. When Capulet says that they only have one child he adds “but now I see this one is too much. Romeo and Juliet both made decisions that lead them to pushing away their families, which was out of the ordinary in that society. Usually, in those days family was all people had to rely on. This could also have been because there were no government support systems to help people or families in need so they had to be there to look after each other. They were always there for their families to help them out but once Romeo and Juliet decided to get married they alienated their families and disobeyed them.
Families were so reliant on each other teenagers usually wouldn’t disobey and turn against their families the way in which Romeo and Juliet did. They chose to leave everything they had just to be with each other. In the end though everyone lost. The families were silly to be feuding and if they had realised what it would lead to would they have chosen to continue the feud? Lady Capulet lost her only daughter and the Montague’s lost their son.
In conclusion I agree that “the play Romeo and Juliet shows the consequences of selfish impetuous adolescent love rather than the workings of fate” because they made many decisions that were selfish and pushed other people away from them but also they acted too hastily- they didn’t take time to think. They may have fallen in love originally due to the workings of fate but from that point on t hey made choices and it was those choices that lead to their tragic deaths. Personally I don’t believe fate, unlike most people, played a huge part in the young lovers lives.